Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

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  • These races are open to any junior or senior paddlers eligible to enter a national race and are being used for selection purposes for those who have registered for selection.

    The course is not suitable for those with no prior wild water experience and is grade 3 water. Paddlers are expected to be competent to paddle the course and to be responsible for their own safety. In the event of a swim there are opportunities to get out from eddies on the course or paddlers should swim with their boat to the end where bank assistance would be available.

    The course has been booked for exclusive use at the following times:

    Sat 25th April 1700-2000 (practice from 17.00, run 1 18.30, run 2 19.15)

    Sun 26th April 1000-1100 (classic race starting at 10.00 – practice only on Saturday)

    Control open from 1600 in car park at HPP

    This is limited by the cost of exclusive use which influences the entry fees required. If there is a good entry there will be more invested in the prizes awarded.

  • Details of the GB open 2015 can be found here

  • The race at the Burrs always produces a good field and this event was no exception. The results can be found below.



  • The results from the latest Melksham race have been posted.

  • Thank you to everyone that made it to the training weekend, please remember these training camps are open to anyone that would like to attend, please don't wait to be invited just let us know if you want to attend, the more the better.

    Neil Stamps​ session on a sliding paddling machine was amazing and highlighted how much some very small changes to technique or posture can have a massive impact on powder output, Neil would like to share the following tips from the weekend:

    The points from my session that I would raise are:
    Forward paddling
    1. Stroke is driven from legs-hips-back-arms - bottom to top
    2. Role of top hand at catch is to apply a force down the line of the paddle (known as spearing the fish)
    3. Strongest part of the stroke is from the catch to the knees. WWR stroke is longer and smoother than K1 due to slower accelerating boat.
    3. Strongest top hand position is around eye/forehead level
    4. Posture is really important - shuffle back on seat when first in boat - sit tall even in WW.
    5. We often compromise our pure forward stroke to maintain directional and balance control - this is fine, but we try to execute the pure stroke when we can,

  • The Lune WWR race saw more kayaks at Devils Bridge than there was motorbikes. 39 competitors took part in the first race of the season organised by DCC. The conditions for each run were different with the water levels changing each time. The youngster took it all in their stride where as the adults found it quite challenging. To quote Scott "a few decided to map out the bottom of the Lune" .

  • Wild Water Training Camp 14-15th March Nottingham.

    The White water course is now open again just in time for our training camp next weekend. Everyone is welcome to attend just let me know if you are planning to come.

    The programme is as follows;


    9am, meet and register at the green hut at the end of the Winfield pool (half way down the slalom course by the middle bridge)

    9.30, Briefing for the day.

    10am, 2km Time trial on the regatta lake followed by a 200m Time trial

    12-1pm Lunch

    1-3pm Technique session with paddling machine. This will be a group session.

    4-5pm Training on the white water course, for those that do not want to go directly onto the main course, we can organise some coaching on the darleks, please let us know if you would like to do this.


    8-10am Training on the white water course.

    End of weekend

    Please also feel free at any time during the weekend to speak to any of the coaches individually.

    Eligibility assessors will be available during the weekend, if you wish to be assessed please let Lynn Anderson know and she will make arrangements.

    We have a very small number of composite boats available if anyone needs to borrow a boat please let me know.

    We do have to pay to use the various facilities and will require each paddler to contribute £20.

    We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning.

  • Regrettably Jon Finch has decided to cancel the English Open sprint and classic races this weekend. The water levels would not be appropriate for racing the National race level loop section. It was a hard decision but thanks go to Jon for making a clear and early ruling. 

    It's likely that paddlers will be arranging some whitewater time this weekend as the race is not on, the Tryweryn is releasing so check the forum and the WWR facebook page for any trips that may be on.

  • The Sharks have booked the Lee Valley Legacy course for training on Sunday 22nd March from 5 - 6pm. More information can be found from their poster for the event.

Season planning

Posted in Coaches Blog

Hi Race Team members

As the end of the competition season has arrived it is time to review our personal achievements over the past 12 months.

Did we set goals – did we reach or surpass them? List your achievements over the past year in paddlesport and other areas of your life. Identify where you have succeeded and where you have failed – do you know why things have not always gone as planed

Remember it's good to fail!! It shows you are pushing at the limits of your current abilities.

Remember the Olympic ice skater who fell on her backside 10,000 times before gaining the gold medal.

Managing Race Day

Posted in Coaches Blog

Well, we have done as much as we can do now, race day is almost upon us. We have prepared well, been consistent in our training and we have put the skills work in on the whitewater. We now just need to make sure we give ourselves the best opportunity to put a great race performance. As Claudine Le Roux says, "Success is choice not chance" - a great performance is a result of dedication and planning. So lets make sure we plan the critical last bit right up and through our race.

So on that theme I wanted to draw attention to the planning process for race day, and just highlight how much actually goes on - and really how we do not have a great deal of time. By planning well we can keep our inner chimp happy (the one which wants to be irrational and can affect our performances). Robbie Anderson indicated to the squad at a recent traning weekend, your chimp likes structure - not having a race day plan is like poking it with a stick! 

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